Damyean Dotson led Oregon(28-8) over St Louis(28-7) with 23 points and hit his first five three pointers as Oregon knocked out the Billikens 74-57 on Saturday night.
Oregon again got off to a slow start, but woke up quickly. A 21-4 run in first half and 60 percent shooting in first half gave the Ducks a 35-19 lead at the half St Louis shot 29 percent from the field and we’re 0-10 from 3 in first half Oregon established an inside game early. Senior Carlos Emory had a big first half and the Ducks pulled down 17 rebounds in first half. Oregon held the Billikens to nearly 4:00 without a field goal in first half.
“We think we can win the whole thing.” -Dotson on how far Oregon can go
St Louis started the second half with a small run before the Ducks put it together. Damyean Dotson helped the Ducks to a 19 point lead midway through the second half, the most for St Louis all season. Senior Carlos Emory went down hard on a block attempt and landed on his wrist, he told trainers he was okay and was spotted on the bench with ice on his wrist. He did return with his wrist wrapped. For the game Emory had 14 points, but his status could be a storyline this week.
Oregon out rebounded St Louis 46-26 for the game and shot 73 percent from beyond the arc(8-11), the Billikens struggled outside going 14 percent(3-21) for the game. The Ducks have proven they can shoot the 3, ESPN Stats and Info said the Ducks 72.7 percent performance is the best by a team since 2004 Boston College shot 75 percent.
The Ducks will faceoff against the Cardinals – not from Stanford, but the #1 Seed Louisville Variety on Friday in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Sweet 16. The game will tipoff at 4:15PT on CBS.
Video of the Postgame Celebration in the Oregon Locker Room with Coach Dana Altman(via GoDucks.com)
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